The recent crane accident at the construction site of Gables Riverwalk has sparked discussions about safety, insurance coverage and liability in the construction industry. Stephen Hauptman, a construction defect attorney who oversees the firm’s Ft. Lauderdale office, shared insights on the legal implications and contractual obligations of such incidents.

“There could be a lot of finger-pointing over who is at fault for this accident, with both the facts of the incident and contractual obligations coming into play,” said Hauptman. “For projects like this one, with a high-rise downtown, I would be very surprised if there wasn’t sufficient insurance coverage available.”

Hauptman also expects that OSHA will take a hard look at the practices for crane operations in downtown areas as a result of this accident.

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